Fall Out Boy is an alternative
rock/pop punk/emo band from the
suburbs of Chicago, Illinois that
formed in 2001. The band consists of
Patrick Stump (lead vocals, guitar),
Pete Wentz (bass, backup vocalist,
and primary lyricist), Joe Trohman
(lead guitar), and Andy Hurley
2001-2002: Early years
Fall Out Boy was formed in 2001 in the Chicago suburb of Wilmette,
Illinois by friends Pete Wentz and Joe Trohman. Wentz was a "visible
fixture" of the relatively small Chicago hardcore punk scene of the
late 1990s, performing in various groups such as Birthright, Extinction and
First Born, as well the metalcore band Arma Angelus and the more political
Racetraitor, "a band that managed to land the covers of Maximumrocknroll
and Heartattack fanzines before releasing a single note of music."
Wentz was growing dissatisfied with the changing mores of the community,
which he viewed as a transition from political activism to an emphasis on
moshing and breakdowns. With enthusiasm in Arma Angelus waning, he created
a pop punk side project with Trohman as an "easy and escapist" project.
Trohman met Patrick Stump, then a drummer for grindcore band Xgrinding processX
and a host of other bands that "never really managed," at a Borders bookstore
in Wilmette. While discussing Neurosis with a friend, Stump interrupted the
conversation to correct their classification of the band in a conversation
that soon shifted to the new band. Stump, viewing it as an opportunity to
try out with "local hardcore celebrity" Wentz, directed Trohman
to his MP3.com page, which contained sung-through acoustic recordings.
Stump intended to try out as a drummer, but Trohman urged him to bring
out his acoustic guitar; he impressed the duo with songs from Saves the
Day's Through Being Cool. While Wentz wanted Racetraitor bandmate Andy
Hurley in the group as drummer, Hurley appeared uninterested and too busy.
The band's first public performance came in a cafeteria at DePaul University
alongside Stilwell and another group that performed Black Sabbath in its entirety.
The band's only performance with guitarist John Flamandan and original drummer
Ben Rose was in retrospect described as "goofy" and "bad,"
but Trohman made an active effort to make the band work, picking up members
for practice. Wentz and Stump argued over band names; the former favored verbose,
tongue-in-cheek names while the latter desired to reference Tom Waits in name.
After creating a short list of names that included "Fall Out Boy,"
a fictional character from The Simpsons and Bongo Comics, friends voted on
the name. The band's second performance, at a southern Illinois university with
The Killing Tree, began with Wentz introducing the band under a name Stump recalled
as "very long." According to Stump, an audience member yelled out, "Fuck
that, no, you're Fall Out Boy!," and the band were credited later in the show
under that name by Killing Tree frontman Tim McIlrath. As the group looked up to
McIlrath, and Trohman and Stump were "die-hard" Simpsons fans, the
name stuck. The group's first cassette tape demo was recorded in Rose's basement,
but the band later set off for Wisconsin to record a proper demo with 7 Angels
7 Plagues drummer Jared Logan, whom Wentz knew through connections in the hardcore scene.
Several more members passed through the group, including drummer Mike Pareskuwicz
of Subsist and guitarist T.J. "Racine" Kunasch. While Stump at this point
felt uninterested in the group, Wentz was, according to Uprising Records owner
Sean Muttaqi, viewing the group as "the thing that would make him famous.
He had a clear vision." Wentz was "singularly focused on taking things
to the next level," and threw the band into promotion via early social media.
Muttaqi got word of the demo and wanted to release half of it as a split extended
play with Hurley's band Project Rocket, which the band viewed as competition.
Uprising desired to release an album with the emerging band, which to that point
had only written three songs. With the help of Logan, the group attempted to put
together a collection of songs in two days, and recorded them as Fall Out Boy's
Evening Out with Your Girlfriend. The rushed recording experience and underdeveloped
songs left the band discontent. When the band set off to Smart Studios in Madison,
Wisconsin to record three songs for a possible split 7-inch with 504 Plan,
engineer Sean O'Keefe suggested the band record the trio with Hurley.
Hurley was also recording an EP with his new group the Kill Pill in Chicago
the same day, but raced to Madison to lay down drums for Fall Out Boy. "
It was still a fill-in thing but when Andy sat in, it just felt different.
It was one of those "a-ha" moments," recalled Wentz.
2003-2004: Early success and Take This to Your Grave
The band booked a two-week tour with Spitalfield, but Pareskuwicz was unable
to get time off from work and Kunasch was kicked out of the band as the group
"had all gotten sick of him." Kunasch was temporarily replaced by
friend Brandon Hamm on guitar, alongside drummer Chris Envy from the recently
disbanded Showoff, but both quit prior to the kickoff of the tour. The band
invited Hurley instead to fill-in once more, while Stump borrowed one of
Trohman's guitars for the trek. While most shows were cancelled, the band
played any show possible: "Let's just get on whatever show we can.
You can pay us in pizza," remembered Wentz. As the tour concluded,
the general consensus was that Hurley would be the band's new drummer,
and the band began to shop around the three songs from the group's unreleased
split as a demo to record labels. The band members set their sights on pop
punk labels, and attempted with considerable effort to join Drive-Thru Records.
A showcase for label co-founders went largely mediocre, and the band were
offered to sign to side label Rushmore, an offer that the members of the
band declined. They got particularly far in discussions with The Militia
Group and Victory Records, and Bob McLynn of Crush Management became the band's
first manager. The band re-entered the studio with O'Keefe to record several
more tracks to create label interest. Wentz felt "in the backseat"
in writing the songs and temporarily questioned his place in the group, but
Stump argued in his favor: "No! That's not fair! Don't leave me with this band!
Don't make me kind of like this band and then leave it! That's bullshit!"
The band's early tour vehicle was a "tiny V6 that was running on three cylinders,
and it was not getting enough air, so it would drive really slowly," recalled Wentz.
"We had to turn on the hot air to reach the speed limit, so we had the heat on all
the time in 120 degree weather. It was so hot it melted the plastic molding around the
windows. When it rained, we'd get all wet." John Janick of Fueled by Ramen had
heard an early version of a song online and cold-called the band members at their
apartment, first reaching Stump and later talking to Wentz for an hour. Rob Stevenson
from Island Records eventually offered the band a "first-ever incubator sort of
deal," in which they gave the band money to sign with Fueled by Ramen for the
group's one-off debut, knowing they could "upstream" the band to radio on the sophomore
record. Fueled by Ramen, at the time the smallest of independent labels clamoring to
sign the band, would effectively release the group's debut album and help build the
band's ever-expanding fanbase before the group moved to Island. The band again partnered
with O'Keefe at Smart Studios, bringing together the three songs from the demo and
recording an additional seven songs in nine days. The band, according to Stump,
didn't "sleep anywhere that we could shower [...] There was a girl that Andy's
girlfriend at the time went to school with who let us sleep on her floor, but we'd
be there for maybe four hours at a time. It was crazy." As the band progressed
and the members' roles became more defined, Wentz took lyrics extremely seriously
in contrast to Stump, who had been the group's primary lyricist up to that point.
Arguments during the recording sessions led to what "most reductively boils
down to Wentz writing the lyrics and Stump writing the melodies."
The band's debut album, Take This to Your Grave, was issued by Fueled by Ramen
in May 2003. Previously, one of the band's earliest recordings, Evening Out with
Your Girlfriend, had not seen release until shortly before Grave in March 2003,
when the band had gained considerable momentum. "Our record was something
being rushed out to help generate some interest, but that interest was building
before we could even get the record out," said Sean Muttaqi. The band
actively tried to stop Uprising from releasing the recordings (as the band's
relationship with Muttaqi had grown sour), as the band viewed it as a "
giant piece of garbage" recorded before Hurley's involvement that the band
members ceased to consider the debut album of the group. Gradually, the band's
fanbase grew in size as the label pushed for the album's mainstream success.
According to Wentz, shows began to end in a near-riot and the group were banned
from several venues because the entire crowd would end up onstage. The band gained
positive reviews for subsequent gigs at South by Southwest (SXSW) and various
tour appearances. The band joined the Warped Tour for five dates in the summer of
2004, and on one date the band had only performed three songs when the stage
collapsed due to the large crowd. The band graced the cover of the August 2004
edition of Alternative Press, and listening stations at Hot Topic partially
helped the album move 2,000-3,000 copies per week by Christmas 2004, at which point
the label considered the band "tipping" into mainstream success.
2005-2006: From Under the Cork Tree
The band had been flooded with "hyperbolic praise," and deemed
"the next big thing" by multiple media outlets. Before recording
the follow-up to its debut, the band released the acoustic EP/DVD My Heart
Will Always Be the B-Side to My Tongue. The EP was the band's first charting
on the Billboard 200 at number 153. From Under the Cork Tree was recorded
in Burbank, California, and served as the first time the band had stayed in
California for an extended period of time. The group lived in corporate housing
during the making of the album. In contrast to Take This to Your Grave's rushed
recording schedule, Fall Out Boy took a much more gradual pace while working on
From Under the Cork Tree. It was the first Fall Out Boy record in which Stump
created all the music and Wentz wrote all the lyrics, continuing the approach
they took for some songs on Grave. Stump felt that this process was much more
"smooth" as every member was able to focus on his individual strengths.
He explained: "We haven't had any of those moments when I play the music and
he'll say, 'I don't like that,' and he'll read me lyrics and I'll say, 'I don't
like those lyrics.' It's very natural and fun." Despite this, the band had
great difficulty creating its desired sound for the album, constantly scrapping
new material. Two weeks before recording sessions began, the group abandoned
ten songs and wrote eight more, including the album's first single, "Sugar,
We're Goin Down."
The band suffered a setback, however, when Wentz had an emotional breakdown in
February 2005, culminating in an unsuccessful suicide attempt. He had withdrawn
from the rest of the group, with his condition only apparent through his lyrics,
and had also become obsessed with the recent Indian tsunami and his own self-doubt.
"It is particularly overwhelming when you are on the cusp of doing something
very big and thinking that it will be a big flop," he said later. Wentz
swallowed a handful of Ativan anxiety pills (he described the act as "hypermedicating")
in the Chicago Best Buy parking lot. After being rushed to the hospital and
having his stomach pumped, Wentz moved back home to Wilmette to live with his parents.
From Under the Cork Tree debuted and peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200 upon
its May 2005 release. It was spearheaded by the band's breakthrough single,
"Sugar, We're Goin' Down," reached number eight in the US Billboard
Hot 100 in September 2005, and in the UK chart in February 2006, crossing over
from Alternative to Pop radio. "Dance, Dance," the album's second single,
also was a top ten hit in the United States and was certified 3x Platinum in 2014.
The record's success led to stardom among teenagers in North America, and the band's
first arena tour had the group playing to 10,000 people per night. Rolling Stone
wrote that the band's "anthems," distributed and marketed through their
MySpace, connected with "skinny-jeans-wearing teen girls." In support of
From Under the Cork Tree, the band toured exhaustively with international tours,
TRL visits, late-night television appearances and music award shows. The band
performed at music festivals in 2005 and 2006, including the third Nintendo Fusion
Tour in the fall of 2005, joining The Starting Line, Motion City Soundtrack,
Boys Night Out, and Panic! at the Disco on a 31 city tour. The album earned the band
a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, and has sold over 2.7 million copies in
the United States, becoming the group's best-selling album. "Sugar, We're
Goin Down" also won the band an MTV Music Video Award.
2007: Infinity on High
In the wake of the band's multiplatinum success, the "especially extroverted"
Wentz became the most publicly visible member of the band. He confided to the press
his suicide attempt and nude photos of the bassist appeared on the Internet in 2006.
He gained additional exposure through his clothing line, his Decaydance record label
(an imprint of Fueled by Ramen), and eventually a celebrity relationship with pop
singer Ashlee Simpson, which made the two tabloid fixtures in the United States.
Due to its increased success from the group's MTV Video Music Award, the group headlined
the Black Clouds and Underdogs Tour, a pop punk event that featured The All-American
Rejects, Well-Known Secret, Hawthorne Heights, and From First to Last. The tour also
featured The Hush Sound for half of the tour and October Fall for half. The band played
to 53 dates in the US, Canada, and the UK.
After taking a two-month-long break following the band’s Black Clouds and Underdogs
tour in promotion of the band's 2005 album From Under the Cork Tree, Fall Out Boy
returned to the studio to begin work on a follow-up effort. The band began writing
songs for the new album while touring, and intended to quickly make a new album in
order to keep momentum in the wake of its breakthrough success. In early 2007, the group
released its third studio album, Infinity on High, which was the band's second release
on major label Island. The album marked a departure in Fall Out Boy’s sound in which
the band implemented a diverse array of musical styles including funk, R&B, and flamenco.
As reported by Billboard, Fall Out Boy "drifts further from its hardcore punk roots to
write increasingly accessible pop tunes," a slight departure from the group's
previous more pop punk sound predominant on their 2003 effort, Take This to Your Grave.
Infinity's first week was a major success and was the band's biggest selling week,
selling 260,000 copies to debut at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 and inside the top
five worldwide. This charting was first started with lead single "The Carpal
Tunnel of Love", with minor success on the Billboard charts. This success
was bolstered by the further-successful second single "This Ain't a Scene,
It's an Arms Race", which reached No. 2 in both the US and UK as well as the
top five in many other countries. On the band's decision to pick the song as a
single, Wentz commented "There may be other songs on the record that would be
bigger radio hits, but this one had the right message." "Thnks fr th Mmrs",
the third single, peaked just outside the top 10 at No. 11 on the strength of sales
and popular radio play, and went on to sell over two million copies in the US.
It found its greatest success in Australia where it charted at No. 3. In 2007,
Fall Out Boy placed at No. 9 in the Top Selling Digital Artists chart with 4,423,000
digital tracks sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album itself has sold over
two million copies worldwide and subsequently was certified Platinum in the United States.
Fall Out Boy then headlined the 2007 Honda Civic Tour to promote the album. Though
the tour was initially postponed due to personal issues, it would take place with +44,
Cobra Starship, The Academy Is... and Paul Wall as supporting acts. The band also
headlined the Young Wild Things Tour, an international arena tour featuring Gym Class
Heroes, Plain White T's and Cute Is What We Aim For. Inspired by Maurice Sendak's 1963
children's book Where the Wild Things Are, the concert tour and included sets designed
by artist Rob Dobi containing images from the book. The band's "hugely successful"
amphitheater tour to promote Infinity led to the release of the 2008 live album Live in
Phoenix, consisting of live material recorded during a June 22, 2007, concert at Phoenix's
Cricket Wireless Pavilion, a date of the Honda Civic Tour. The disc also a studio cover
of Michael Jackson's "Beat It", with guitarist John Mayer guesting for a guitar solo.
The track was released as a single and became a mainstay on the iTunes top ten.
2008-2009: Folie à Deux
The band members decided to keep publicity down during the recording of their fourth album,
as the group was taken aback by such press surrounding Infinity on High. Sessions proved
to be difficult for the band as Wentz started taking LSD when Zach Blair lead guitarist
for Rise Against made him try it at a party in April 2008. The goal in Wentz using LSD
was to hope it would influence his songwriting, but it just made him distracted from
writing songs, which annoyed Stump, so he stopped using LSD in August 2008. Wentz later
said he had taken LSD over 50 times. Stump called the making of the album "painful",
noting that he and Wentz quarreled over many issues, revealing "I threw something across
the room over a major-to-minor progression." On previous albums, Trohman felt he and
Hurley did not have enough musical freedom and that Stump and Wentz exerted too much control
over the group: "I felt, 'Man, this isn't my band anymore.' It's no one's fault, and
I don't want to make it seem that way. It was more of a complex I developed based off of
stuff I was reading. It's hard to hear, 'Joe and Andy are just along for the ride.'"
To amend the situation, Trohman sat down with Stump to communicate his concerns,
which led to more collaboration on Folie à Deux. "It made me feel like I owned the
songs a lot more. It made me really excited about contributing to Fall Out Boy and
made me find my role in the band," Trohman recalled.
As the release of the new album approached, the band and its management found that
they would have to navigate changes in the music industry, facing declining record sales,
the lack of a proper outlet for exhibition of music videos, and the burgeoning US
economic crisis. To promote the album, Wentz launched a viral campaign in August 2008,
inspired by George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), and the autocratic,
overbearing Big Brother organization. Folie à Deux, released in December 2008,
did not perform as well commercially as its predecessor, Infinity on High.
It debuted at number eight on the US Billboard 200 chart with first week sales of
150,000 copies during a highly competitive week with other big debuts, becoming
Fall Out Boy's third consecutive top ten album. This is in contrast to the band's
more successful previous effort which shifted 260,000 copies in its opening week
to debut at number one the chart. Folie spent two weeks within the top 20 out of
its 22 chart weeks. It also entered Billboard's Rock Albums and Alternative
Albums charts at number three. Within two months of its release, Folie à Deux was
certified Gold in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of
America (RIAA), denoting shipments of 500,000 copies. The lead single, "I Don't
Care", reached a peak at number twenty-one on the Billboard Hot 100,
and was certified Platinum by the RIAA for shipments of one million copies."
To promote the album, Fall Out Boy embarked on the Believers Never Die Tour Part Deux,
which included dates in the United States and Canada. The constant touring schedule
became difficult for the band due to conflicting fan opinion regarding Folie à Deux:
concertgoers would "boo the band for performing numbers from the record in concert",
leading Stump to describe touring in support of Folie as like "being the last act at
the vaudeville show: We were rotten vegetable targets in Clandestine hoods." "Some
of us were miserable onstage," said guitarist Joe Trohman. "Others were just drunk."
A greatest hits compilation, Believers Never Die – Greatest Hits, followed in the fall,
and following these events, the band decided to take a break. The band's decision stemmed
from disillusionment with the music industry and Stump recalled that "We found ourselves
running on fumes a little bit -- creatively and probably as people, too." Stump
realized the band was desperate to take a break; he sat the group down and explained
that a hiatus was in order if the band wanted to continue in the future.
All involved felt the dynamic of the group had changed as personalities developed.
Rumors and misquotes led to confusion as to what such a break truly meant; Wentz
preferred to not refer to the break as a "hiatus," instead explaining
that the band was just "decompressing." Fall Out Boy played its last
show at Madison Square Garden on October 4, 2009. Near the end, Blink-182's Mark
Hoppus shaved Wentz's head in a move Rolling Stone would later describe as a
"symbolic cleansing of the past, but also the beginning of a very dark
chapter for the band."
2010-2012: Hiatus and solo careers
By the time the break began, Stump was the heaviest he had ever been and loathed
the band's image as an "emo" band. Coming home from tour, drummer Andy
Hurley "went through the darkest depression [I've] ever felt. I looked at
my calendar and it was just empty." Wentz, who had been abusing Xanax
and Klonopin, was divorced by his wife Ashlee Simpson and returned to therapy.
"I'd basically gone from being the guy in Fall Out Boy to being the guy
who, like, hangs out all day," Wentz recalled. Previously known as the "overexposed,
despised" leader of the band, Wentz "simply grew up," sharing
custody of his son and embracing maturity: "There was a jump-cut in my life.
I started thinking – like, being old would be cool."
During the hiatus, the band members each pursued individual musical interests,
which were met with "varying degrees of failure." Stump was the only
member of the quartet to take on a solo project while Fall Out Boy was on hiatus,
recording debut album Soul Punk entirely on his own: he wrote, produced,
and played every instrument for all tracks on the record. In addition, he
married his longtime girlfriend and lost over sixty pounds through portion
control and exercise. Stump blew through most of his savings putting together
a large band to tour behind Soul Punk, but ticket sales were sparse and the
album stalled commercially. During a particularly dark moment in February 2012,
Stump poured his heart out in a 1500-word blog entry called "We Liked You
Better Fat: Confessions of a Pariah." In the post, Stump lamented the harsh
reception of the record and his status as a "has-been" at 27.
Stump revealed that fans harassed him on his solo tour, hurling insults such
as "We liked you better fat," and noted that "Whatever notoriety
Fall Out Boy used to have prevents me from having the ability to start over from
the bottom again." Aside from Soul Punk and personal developments,
Stump moonlighted as a professional songwriter/producer, co-writing tracks
with Bruno Mars and All Time Low, and pursued acting.
Wentz formed electronic duo Black Cards with vocalist Bebe Rexha in July 2010.
The project released one single before album delays led to Rexha's departure in 2011.
Black Cards added Spencer Peterson to complete the Use Your Disillusion EP in 2012.
Wentz also completed writing a novel, Gray, that he had been working on for six years
outside the band, and began hosting the reality tattoo competition show Best Ink.
Hurley ventured farther into rock during the hiatus, drumming with multiple bands
over the three-year period. He continued to manage his record label, Fuck City,
and drummed for bands Burning Empires and Enabler. He also formed heavy metal
outfit The Damned Things with Trohman, Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano of Anthrax,
and Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die. Despite this, the members all remained
cordial to one another; Wentz was Stump's best man at his wedding. The hiatus
was, all things considered, beneficial for the group and its members, according
to Hurley. "The hiatus helped them all kind of figure themselves out,"
he explained in 2013. "Especially Joe and Patrick, who were so young. And
Pete is a million times better."
2013-2014: Reformation and Save Rock and Roll
Stump and Wentz met up for the first time in several years in early 2012 for a
writing session. Wentz reached out to Stump after he penned his letter, as he too
felt he was in a dark place and needed a creative outlet. He was at first reluctant
to approach Stump, likening the phone call to reconnecting with a lover after years
of acrimony. "I know what you need – you need your band," Wentz told Stump.
"I think it's kind of weird that we haven't really seen each other this year.
We paid for each other's houses and you don't know my kid," Wentz remarked.
The result, "three or four" new songs, were shelved with near immediacy,
with the two concluding that "it just wasn't right and didn't feel right."
Several months later, the two reconvened and wrote tracks that they felt truly
represented the band in a modern form. The band decided that if a comeback was
in order, it must represent the band in its current form: "We didn't want to
come back just to bask in the glory days and, like, and collect a few checks and
pretend ... and do our best 2003 impersonation," said Stump. Afterwards,
the quartet held an all-day secret meeting at their manager's home in New York
City where they discussed ideas and the mechanics of getting together to record.
Trohman was the last to be contacted, through a three-hour phone call from Stump.
As Trohman was arguably the most excited to begin other projects, he had a list
of stipulations for rejoining the band. "If I'm not coming back to this band
writing music […] then I don't want to," he remarked. Stump supported Trohman's
ambition saying Trohman "needed to be writing more."
The band members' main goal was to reinvent the group's sound from scratch, creating
what Trohman called a "reimagining of the band," which focuses more on pop.
Sessions were not without difficulties, as the band struggled initially to produce new
material. Walker had doubts about the band's volatility, feeling the record would not
get made following "meltdown after meltdown." The entire album was recorded in
secrecy from the music industry, critics, and fans of the band. While specifically
denying that the group's announcement was a reunion because &qout;[the group had]
never broke[n] up", the band announced a reunion tour and details of Save Rock
and Roll on February 4, 2013. The quartet's announcement included a photo of the
group that had been taken earlier that morning of the band members huddled around
a bonfire tossing copies of their back catalog into flames at the original location
of Comiskey Park, the location of 1979's Disco Demolition Night, a baseball promotional
event which involved destroying disco records. A message on the group's website read
"when we were kids the only thing that got us through most days was music.
It's why we started Fall Out Boy in the first place. This isn't a reunion because
we never broke up. We needed to plug back in and make some music that matters to us.
The future of Fall Out Boy starts now. Save rock and roll..." Save Rock and Roll
debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, with first week sales of 154,000
copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The arrival of Save Rock
and Roll posted the quartet's third-biggest sales week, and earned the group's second
career number one on the chart. The band's chart success was best described as
unexpected by music journalists. Rolling Stone called the band's comeback a
"rather stunning renaissance", and Entertainment Weekly called the
number one a "major accomplishment for a band whom many in the industry had
dismissed as kings of a genre whose time had passed."
The record's lead single, "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)",
peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking the band's first top twenty
single since the group's 2008 cover of Michael Jackson's "Beat It".
It was certified 3x Platinum in the US for over 3 million sales. Inspired in
part by Daft Punk's Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem,
the band released a music video for every song on the album in a series titled
The Young Blood Chronicles between February 2013 and May 2014. The band also
released a hardcore punk-influenced EP, PAX AM Days, in late 2013. Fall Out Boy
covered Elton John's (who was featured on the Save Rock And Roll title track)
song "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" for inclusion in the
fortieth anniversary re-release edition of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road on March
25, 2014, alongside covers by different artists.
Fall Out Boy headlined Save Rock And Roll tours (including US, Australian and
European legs) and played at music festivals around the world for one and a half years.
The group co-headlined Monumentour with Paramore in North America to close
the Save Rock And Roll era.
2014-2016: American Beauty/American Psycho
On June 2, 2014, Wentz stated that he and Stump were writing new music:
"We're writing. I was just listening to something Patrick had
written in the trailer. So we're writing, finishing out the album cycle
in South Africa in September." In a later interview with Rock Sound
regarding the status of the album, Wentz commented "We don’t have an
exact timetable yet. I have a two-week old son and Patrick has a baby on
the way in October, so there’s a lot going on." as well as stating a
rough release time as early 2015. In December 2014 the band played
radio-sponsored Christmas shows, including KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas.
"Centuries" - the first single of Fall Out Boy's sixth studio album -
premiered on September 8, 2014 on BBC Radio 1, receiving a worldwide release
the next day. By the 2010s, there were few rock bands achieving success
on mainstream radio and the charts, but "Centuries" defied the odds to peak
at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 13 on Billboard Mainstream
Top 40. Fall Out Boy also was featured on the track "Back to Earth"
from Steve Aoki's second album Neon Future I, which was released on September
30, 2014. Another song titled "Immortals" was released October 14,
2014, as part of the soundtrack for the Walt Disney film Big Hero 6.
The group remade the Chicago Bulls's anthem "Only the Bulls"
with guest Lupe Fiasco. The recording of the song was released in November 2014.
On November 24, 2014, the title of Fall Out Boy's sixth studio album was
announced as American Beauty/American Psycho; the album was released on
January 20, 2015. The album's title track premiered on BBC Radio 1 in the
UK along with the album's title reveal. American Beauty/American Psycho
debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 with 192,000 first week sales and
218,000 equivalent album units, becoming Fall Out Boy's third No. 1 album.
The band played two small venue release shows in January 2015, in London and Chicago.
American Beauty/American Psycho was certified platinum in the US on March 1, 2016,
after selling 1 millions units. From February through March, the band
played at the Australian Soundwave festival for the first time,
with two additional side shows in Sydney and Brisbane.
Fall Out Boy inducted Green Day into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on
April 18, 2015. On May 18, the group performed its song "Uma Thurman"
with Wiz Khalifa on the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. In June–August 2015,
Fall Out Boy began touring across the United States with Wiz Khalifa, Hoodie
Allen, and MAX on the "Boys of Zummer Tour".
On October 1, 2015, the "American Beauty/American Psycho" European
tour kicked off in Dublin, Ireland, and consisted of 12 dates with shows in
the UK, Russia, and Europe. On May 24, 2015 it was announced English rapper
Professor Green would support Fall Out Boy on the 8-date leg of the band's UK
tour. New York based dance-duo Matt and Kim were added as additional support
for the UK tour. On October 23, 2015, Fall Out Boy announced via Twitter the
release of a re-worked version of its sixth studio album, Make America Psycho
Again. The remix album features a remade version of each track from the
original record, each featuring a different rapper. The album was released
on October 30, 2015. It included the version of "Uma Thurman"
featuring Wiz Khalifa which had been originally performed at the Billboard
Music Awards. On March 1, 2016, it was announced Fall Out Boy are to headline
Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK in August 2016 along with Biffy Clyro.
On April 27, 2017, Fall Out Boy announced their new album will be released
September 15, titled Mania. The first single "Young and Menace"
was released the same day.
Folie à Deux
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US Hot 100
US Modern Rock
"Dead on Arrival"
Take This to Your Grave
Autumn/Where is Your
Take This to Your Grave
Take This to Your Grave
"Sugar, We're Goin'
From Under the Cork Tree
2xCD Single, Vinyl 7"
From Under the Cork Tree
2xCD Single, DVD Single,
"A Little Less Sixteen
Candles, a Little More
From Under the Cork Tree
2xCD Single, Vinyl 7"
Awards and Nominations
. "Sugar, We're Goin' Down" - MTV2
Award at the 2005 MTV Video Music
Awards - Won
. "Dance, Dance" - Favorite
International Group at the 2006
MuchMusic Video Awards - Won
. "Fall Out Boy" - Best New Artist
at the 2006 Grammy Awards -
. "Fall Out Boy" - Best Rock Group &
Best Single at the 2006 Teen Choice
Awards - Won
. "Dance, Dance" - Viewer's Choice &
Best Group Video at the 2006 MTV
Video Music Awards. - Nominated
. While Stump is the lead singer,
Wentz tends to take on the
traditional role of "frontman" by
being the band's chief spokesman and
creating the banter on stage. Stump
is quoted as saying "With Pete, I
get to be the anti-frontman."
. While Wentz is the chief lyricist
for the band, Stump is its "musical
engine (hence the engineer's cap)",
putting Wentz's lyrics to music
arranging the tunes.
. In the 2006 movie Zoom, the band's
song Sugar, We're Goin' Down is
. Pete Wentz makes a cameo in Cobra
Starship's first video for their
song "Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)".
"Of All The Gin Joints . . ."
appears in the film Snakes on a
. Members of
Fall Out Boy appeared on the
television program One Tree Hill,
and Wentz had his own story-arch.